In India, the colorful festival of Holi is celebrated with fun and fervor. The festival marks the arrival of spring season, therefore, brings in warmth into the air. It is not just the season, which is changing, but also the mood of the people. The festival signifies the spirit of brotherhood and unity. It is often said that on the event of this festival, even enemies forget their differences and embrace, greeting each other. Holi festival is celebrated by the people of all caste, class or creed, without any distinction, in the northern parts of India. It treats everyone equally, wherein all the people drenched in different colors, lose their identity to become one. In the following lines, we tell you how people go about celebrating Holi festival in India.
Celebrating Holi Festival In India
Holi Milan Within Family
The vibrant colors of Holi bring people closer to even their foes and
make them forget all the anguish of the past. After applying colors,
people hug and greet each other. This tradition is called as 'Holi
Milan'. Usually after a fun filled and action packed day, people dressed
in new white colored clothes pay visit to their friends and relatives
with sweets, typically Gujia. This helps in renewing and strengthening
their social bonds. As per the custom, a plate decorated with tilak
(vermillion) and sweets is kept ready for the guests.
People apply tilak, exchange sweets and hug each, while exchanging Holi
wishes. They are reenergized by being in the company of near and dear
ones. Those staying away from their families opt for greeting cards and
telephone to greet each other. Special invitations are extended to new
bride, which helps her to feel comfortable and mingle with the members
of her new family. Special meal is prepared on the occasion to treat her
well and to bless the newly wed couple.
Social Holi Milan
'Holi Milan Samaroh' or 'Holi Greeting Meets' are a special feature of
the festival and are organized by various clubs and social
organizations. This helps in strengthening the social fabric of the
society, as people sit together and enjoy cultural programs like songs,
dance, competitions and feasts. Hasya Kavi Sammelan (Comic Poetic
gatherings) is also organized on Holi. Poets recite comic prose and
poetry for the entertainment of the audience, which adds up to the
fervor of the festival. Mouth watering sweets like gujiya, malpuas,
mathri, puran poli and dahi badas are savored with full glasses of
special thandai (cold drink made of almonds, spices, chilled milk and
sugar) is served, in which bhang is mixed to create an alcoholic effect.
It is a custom to serve bhang in many parts of the country. Apart from
thandai, pakoras and vada made of bhang are also served.